[Harp-L] Seydel Chromatic Springs

Sheltraw macaroni9999@xxxxx
Fri May 5 17:31:21 EDT 2017

Rupert is going to send me some stock springs. That should take if the stiffness problem not the breakage problem. I suspect that the spring coil rubbing on threads of spring screw may be a contributing factor to breakage. I found aluminum tubing to make a ferrule today (I would have preferred stainless steel) that will slip between screw and spring coil. I will let you know how it works.


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> On May 5, 2017, at 12:52 PM, Greg Jones <greg at xxxxx> wrote:
> The subject of Seydel chromatic springs has come up and so I wanted to
> clarify some things with regard to this subject.
> Seydel chromatics come stock with a light spring that allows the advanced
> chromatic player a smooth slide action for fast passages.  The spring works
> well for most players and especially those who like a quick slide action.
> However, the Seydel chromatic mouthpiece assembly is designed for maximum
> airtightness and precise fitting parts and as such, it must be kept clean.
> The enemy of a smooth functioning slide is saliva.  Moisture buildup in the
> slide assembly ultimately leads to a sticky buildup on the slide and that
> causes the slide stick and more significantly puts added stress on the
> spring.  Most players do not experience significant problems with the
> springs and in general, players who keep the mouthpiece assembly clean and
> properly adjusted experience even fewer spring breakage.
> Nevertheless Seydel understands that occasionally mechanical parts break
> even under the best of conditions.  Seydel has a replacement spring that is
> sturdier. However, the trade-off is that the slide mechanism with be harder
> to press.
> We still feel like the stock spring is a better option - especially for
> players who play chromatically, but this is a matter of personal
> preference.
> For tips on keeping your Seydel chromatic slide clean, check out the blog
> section of my web site.
> http://www.1623customharmonicas.com/blog
> Greg Jones
> Seydel Technician
> Web Site:        1623customharmonicas.com

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